safety of traveling to Merida, Mexico
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Jun 12, 2010 1:01 AM Last Post By: yoghaert
Jun 11, 2010 2:48 PM
safety of traveling to Merida, MexicoThis winter I will be traveling to Isla Mujeres and plan to spend two days in Merida. The news of increased drug violence in the country, and the bodies recently found in a cave near Cancun, I'm beginning to worry about the safety of this inland trip. Can anyone tell me about his/her experiences in and around Merida? Thanks for the help.
Jun 11, 2010 4:23 PM
Jun 11, 2010 7:36 PM
2My sister, I and my daughter have driven all over the Yucatan and this last December drove from Tulum to Merida. Felt safe, the army check points can be intimidating if you don't speak Spanish but we managed to make it through with our very limited Spanish.
Merida is a very interesting city, full of culture, art, and family. Lots of restaurants and prices much cheaper than say Isla. The toll road to Merida is the most boring road I have ever driven, if you are driving try to take the scenic road if you have the time. Found driving in and out of Merida from the highway pretty easy.
Don't forget to stop in Izamal, so beautiful and worth the time, by far the cleanest place I have ever been to.
Sometimes it's the unknown that is intimidating. We go to Guatemala soon and keep reading about violence and weather related stuff. Every couple of days we will say, "Oh well, we will just take a bus North and go to Mexico where it's safe!" Seriously! Merida is our back up plan! Always puts me back into perspective.
Jun 11, 2010 8:46 PM
3I've been in the Yucatan for almost 5 weeks now. I felt very safe. Bodies turn up in Miami, New York, and Chicago every day. If you will travel to those places, you're fine in the Yucatan.
I even hitchhiked for part of my trip. Everyone is very friendly. You do see military checkpoints and patrols every now and then.
Tip for Merida: If an english speaking local guy approaches you in the main plaza to chat for 15 minutes, then starts telling you about the Mayan hammock/hat store down the block that is closing for the next 10 days, in about an hour, because of a local festival, he is full of shit. I had 5 people do this to me. The touts are very smooth, and take their time getting to know you and telling you about other sites to see before "recommending" the shop that is about to "close for 10 days". They may even offer to walk you over to it!
Jun 11, 2010 10:14 PM
Jun 12, 2010 1:01 AM
5i have just been in Merida a couple weeks ago. I actually met Matt right after that (Valladolid is also a great place)
I think it is totally safe, my bus arrived late night, so i had to walk to my hostel around 4 AM and, had no bad feelings at all.
What, Matt is saying about the guides, that is true thought. But i didn't feel the too pushy at all. And what is also cool, that i met people who were helping without asking when i was looking at my map. They suggested me nice places (not shops) and were very kind. I actually was waiting when they start to tell me about the "best shops" but it seems like they really just wanted to help, and have a little chitchat with a tourist.
People are cool there, do not even think about skipping it!
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